GOSEONG, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – An international dinosaur exposition in southern South Korea is undergoing the finishing touches before its opening next year, organizers said Tuesday.
The Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo will kick off at the main venue of the Danghangpo Tourist Site, on April 1 for a 73-day long, in Goseong, featuring displays of rare fossils and vivid models, they said.
Goseong, about 466 kilometers south of Seoul and known for its quantity and variety of dinosaur fossils, boasts more than 4,000 dinosaur footprints. More than 1,900 fossilized footprints of dinosaurs are located on a 6-km long stretch of coastal rock bed believed to have been formed approximately 100 million years ago during the early to mid Cretaceous period.’
It is recognized as one of the world’s three largest fossilized dinosaur footprint sites along with Colorado in the United States and the west coast of Argentina.
With a theme of “Open the future with the dinosaur and light of the hope,” this year’s event, the fourth of its kinds, is focused on attracting a record number of visitors. Organizers expect at least 1.79 million visitors to the exposition.
Since its inaugural opening in 2006, the World Dinosaur Expo has been a rare success among events organized by South Korean municipalities.
The number of visitors climbed steadily to a record 1.78 million in 2012, and twice as many foreigners, or 90,000, traveled to see the exhibition then as in 2006.
In 2012, the organizing committee posted a net profit of 10.7 billion won (US$9.62 million), with the economic effect for Goseong estimated at 220 billion won.’